Mickey Goodwin: The Unsung Hero of River Rouge

March 5th, 2009 - 1:28 am ICT by GD  

Mickey Goodwin a resident of Melvindale, Michigan, U.S.A met a violent death on Tuesday, the 3rd of March 2009. The bludgeoned body of the 50 year old boxer was found around 5 p.m. in the home that he shared with his mother, reported Melvindale Police Lt. Keith Guyot to the Detroit Free Press.

Mickey was trained by Emanuel Steward at the Detroit’s Kronk Gym. In 1975 he won the golden Gloves Title and two years after that in 1977 he turned professional. Mickey though he never won a world title only lost twice in his 50 professional fights. As a light heavyweight Mickey has a record of 28 knockouts.

Mickey grew up in Melvindale around the River Rouge area. Around River Rouge, Mickey and his friends were known as the “Hillbilly Mafia”.

For the past couple of years Mickey Goodwin together with his brothers and sisters, who included a mortgage banker, a truck driver, and a Wayne County Supervisor, had worked industriously to set up a boxing gym in River Rouge. Their tireless labors finally came to fruitation, on Labors Day 2004, when they opened the River Rouge Boxing Club and Jefferson Gym with the assistance of mayor and local enthusiasts.

Since then the gym has done wonders in teaching kids of all races, black, white and Hispanics the art of self-defense. Apart from the kids the gym was able to attract adults mainly firemen to work out in between their shifts.
Before the dreadful demise of the boxer he had won seven straight fights, the last one on 29th of November 1994 after a gap of eight years.

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